Over the past 20 years, Montenegro has provided shelter to displaced persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, as well as to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo. While some of the displaced persons and IDPs have started to locally integrate, most of them are still in need of durable housing solutions due to their extreme socio-economic vulnerability.
The Montenegrin Government has over the years constructed some 1 300 housing units with the support of international donors; however, this has not been enough to cover the needs. In 2011, the Government of Montenegro adopted the National Strategy for Durable Solutions for Displaced and Internally Displaced Persons, with special emphasis on the Konik area. The Strategy has created a framework for the permanent and sustainable resolution of displacement issues in Montenegro.
The construction works on a home for the elderly in Pljevlja and on 120 flats in the Konik area are progressing well, and are scheduled to be completed in autumn 2017. Moreover, the construction site in Konik will be extended by additional 51 housing units, to be financed from the sub-project’s savings and contingencies. The construction of these additional units is expected to start in April 2017.
The contract for the construction works on 94 flats in Berane was signed in December 2016, and the works have started in February 2017. Two new sub-projects were approved by the RHP Fund Assembly of Donors in December 2016: the construction of 50 individual houses in ten municipalities throughout Montenegro, as well as the purchase of 36 flats in Herceg Novi. Close to 200 families are expected to receive new housing solutions in 2017.
SUB-PROJECTS IN MONTENEGRO
Construction of two blocks of flats for 62 I/DP families in Niksic
Provision of housing to 171 most vulnerable families from camp Konik 1 and its surroundings, through construction of 17 buildings in the city of Podgorica
Construction of a home for 68 elderly/handicapped persons in Pljevlja
Construction of 94 apartments for 271 persons in the Municipality of Berane
Montenegro Factsheet - February 2017
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE
The Ministry ensures the institutional set-up of the Montenegrin Country Housing Project’s management and control system, development of sub-projects, selection of beneficiaries, conclusion of inter-institutional agreements with municipalities (in case housing solutions are implemented on their territory), submission of procurement plans to CEB, monitoring reports, as well as approval and submission of requests to the Ministry of Finance for the payment of contracts.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION UNIT:
DIRECTORATE FOR PUBLIC WORKS
The Directorate carries out the activities such as: establish and maintain a procurement and contract management system, and manage any donor funds received for technical assistance, provide relevant input for the development of sub-projects as agreed with/requested by Lead Institution, co-sign inter-institutional agreements with municipalities, develop tender dossiers and conduct procurement or perform ex-ante controls on tender dossiers and stages of procurement (when municipalities are Contracting Authorities), manage and monitor contract implementation, as well as check and approve invoices submitted by contractors.
Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare